keyboard_arrow_upCape Town for 2012 Urban Age Award
keyboard_arrow_downCape Town for 2012 Urban Age Award

Another win for Cape Town – alongside its recent successful World Design Capital 2014 bid – is its selection as the city to receive the fifth Deutsche Bank Urban Age.  The Urban Age Award recognises and celebrates creative solutions to problems and opportunities that face more than half the world’s population now living in cities. The award focuses on projects that benefit communities and local residents by improving their urban environments. It seeks to encourage citizens, policy-makers, private business and non-governmental organisations to take a proactive role in adopting shared responsibilities for the cities of the 21st century – mankind’s first truly ‘urban’ age.

keyboard_arrow_upCape Town for 2012 Urban Age Award
keyboard_arrow_downCape Town for 2012 Urban Age Award

Another win for Cape Town – alongside its recent successful World Design Capital 2014 bid – is its selection as the city to receive the fifth Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award.  The Urban Age Award recognises and celebrates creative solutions to problems and opportunities that face more than half the world’s population now living in cities. The award focuses on projects that benefit communities and local residents by improving their urban environments. It seeks to encourage citizens, policy-makers, private business and non-governmental organisations to take a proactive role in adopting shared responsibilities for the cities of the 21st century – mankind’s first truly ‘urban’ age.

keyboard_arrow_upClay pavers in urban upgrading
keyboard_arrow_downClay pavers in urban upgrading

International trends confirm a growing preference among urban design professionals for clay paving – providing functionality with character and charm in urban environments. Keeping pace with this trend locally, more and more urban upgrades are opting to use Corobrik clay pavers to bring life and vibrancy to our urban landscapes.

keyboard_arrow_upDevelopments in concrete block paving
keyboard_arrow_downDevelopments in concrete block paving

In the paving industry SEPT stands for small element paving technology. The SEPT Association is an international organisation that promotes research and development in concrete block paving (CBP). Drawing its members from academia and representative organisations in the industry from around the world, it stages global conferences triennially and interim steering committee workshops are held every 18 months.

keyboard_arrow_upAdding colour and workability to concrete paving
keyboard_arrow_downAdding colour and workability to concrete paving

Products supplied by Chryso SA have been used in the construction of new paving surfaces in Port Elizabeth. Patrick Flannigan, commercial sales manager for Chryso SA in the Eastern Cape, says the company’s Chryso Plast Omega 101 admixture was used to add workability to the concrete mix used for new exposed aggregate paving at the Donkin Memorial in the city as well as the public areas around the Port Elizabeth City Hall.

keyboard_arrow_upSA-designed retaining blocks at work in Canada
keyboard_arrow_downSA-designed retaining blocks at work in Canada

In South Africa, Terraforce is often used in the upgrading of public spaces, such as in the recently completed Public Transport Hub in Athlone, Cape Town. Here Terraforce blocks were used to construct a retaining wall that functions as an access ramp and provides informal seating for recreational games that are played on the square after hours.

keyboard_arrow_upNew options in clay pavers
keyboard_arrow_downNew options in clay pavers

Bringing fresh inspiration to its widely specified range of clay brick pavers, Corobrik in the Western Cape has launched three new clay paver ‘accessories’. Christie van Niekerk, Corobrik manager Western Cape, described the products. “The Piazza range was initially produced at our Springs factory and test marketed in Gauteng.

keyboard_arrow_upWorld cup victory for clay pavers
keyboard_arrow_downWorld cup victory for clay pavers

Corobrik, South Africa’s leader in clay pavers and bricks, is proud that its products were chosen for extensive use in the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ stadium precincts of two host cities: Durban and Cape Town. Regarding Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium, Mike Ingram, director of sales at Corobrik, says, “Corobrik products have been used in all the upgrade and beautification projects in Durban’s preparation for 2010.

keyboard_arrow_upChoosing the right sealant for concrete walkways
keyboard_arrow_downChoosing the right sealant for concrete walkways

In two recent major construction projects in Durban, a.b.e. Construction Chemicals’  Dow Corning 813C silicone sealant was used to seal the concrete joints on the public walkways. Deon de Kock, technical sales consultant for a.b.e. in KwaZulu-Natal, says the sealant was applied to the Moses Mabhida Stadium’s Heroes’ Walk and the new Durban beachfront promenade – the walkway that links the 2010 Soccer World Cup stadium with uShaka Marine World.

keyboard_arrow_upConcrete blocks for urban erosion control
keyboard_arrow_downConcrete blocks for urban erosion control

Terraforce blocks have been used in another urban upgrading project which was initiated by the Ministry of Urban Development in Swaziland. In some of the settlements around Mbabane, steeply sloping and easily eroded topography in this high rainfall area posed a particular challenge to the local town planners. In order to prevent further damage to the environment, remedial measures were implemented, using manual labour as much as possible.

keyboard_arrow_upRetaining blocks support Kayamandi upgrading
keyboard_arrow_downRetaining blocks support Kayamandi upgrading

Last year, Cape Retaining Systems, a retaining block manufacturer and Terraforce licence-holder, was approached by Requad Construction to assist in establishing a greater habitable surface area for building low cost houses near the informal settlement of Kayamandi, outside Stellenbosch. After various options had been considered, Terraforce retaining blocks were decided on as they would provide a cost-effective and durable method for creating platforms and road/sidewalk support on the old farmland that was to be reclaimed for the housing development.